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3 tips for record-keeping after a work injury

You went to work, and it seemed like a day like any other. It was fairly easy and you even thought you'd get to go home early. Unfortunately, one wrong move made your day into a nightmare. A coworker turned on machinery when you were in the way, and now you have serious injuries to recover from.

After you're hurt on the job, it's important to file a workers' compensation claim. To make your claim, you should keep all receipts and bills that you have related to your injuries.

1. Keep all receipts for travel

If you pay for gas to get to the hospital, for visits to a specialist or even to pick up prescriptions, make sure you keep the receipts. You need to be reimbursed for anything you spend related to your workplace injury.

2. Put medical bills into a file

If you receive medical bills, keep a copy and give another to your attorney. Your attorney can forward the documents to the Bureau of Workers' Compensation or hold them for submission once you complete your treatment plan.

3. Note down witnesses, names, addresses and important information

Finally, remember that knowing who was at the scene and having that information is important. You should get witness information, like their names and a way to contact them. Also, keep information about the date of the accident, a statement on what went wrong and all diagnoses made about your current state of health.

After a serious accident, you need to take care of yourself and get better. Keeping these records helps organize your finances, so you know you're reimbursed for anything workers' compensation doesn't cover directly. You should also be paid for your time off, which helps you cover expenses unrelated to your injury.

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